Palisade Trailhead

A cloudy day at the Palisade Trailhead. July 2014.A cloudy day at the Palisade Trailhead. July 2014.

Overview

Location

Driving Time and Distance

  • Driving Time from Speedway/Campbell: 1 hour and 5 minutes
  • Driving Distance from Speedway/Campbell: 33.9 miles
  • Miles up Highway: 19.5 miles
  • Side of the Highway: Down-mountain
  • Vehicle Access: Most of the drive is Paved Roads/Passenger Car (Mountain Road - be careful of weather conditions!) - the last .5 miles to the Trailhead is on a dirt road that is sometimes rough/slow, but usually possible in most passenger cars (low clearance cars not recommended). Closed to motor vehicles in winter (December 15 to March 1 - dates subject to change depending on weather/conditions).

Fees

  • Fee: No

Trails and Trailheads

Services

  • Restrooms: No
  • Water: No

Additional Notes

  • Organization Ridge Road is gated and closed to motor vehicles in the winter (December 15 to March 1 - dates subject to change depending on weather/conditions). Non-motorized travel is still allowed on the road during this period and the Bigelow Trailhead provides good alternate parking if you are willing to walk the road (walking the road is not exciting, but it is reasonably short and there are fewer people on the Palisade Trail once the gate is closed...).

A bit of snow at the Palisade Trailhead - the Organization Ridge Road gate was closed so we parked at the Bigelow Trailhead and walked the road.
Trail Map Sign and trail sign at the Palisade Trailhead. July 2014.
Left: A bit of snow at the Palisade Trailhead - the Organization Ridge Road gate was closed so we parked at the Bigelow Trailhead and walked the road.
Right: Trail Map Sign and trail sign at the Palisade Trailhead. July 2014.

Driving Directions

Google Maps Directions from the Speedway and Campbell intersection in Tucson to Palisade Trailhead.

Quick version:

  • Drive East on Speedway (5.0 miles)
  • Left on Wilmot and continue on Tanque Verde (4.3 miles)
  • Left on Catalina Highway (24.0 miles)
  • Organization Ridge Road where the Palisade Trail is located is closed to vehicles and gated in the winter - in the winter park in the Bigelow Trailhead on the up-mountain side of the highway - if the road is open to motor vehicles:
  • Left on Organization Ridge Road - the turn is slightly up-mountain from the Bigelow Trailhead and down-mountain from the Palisade Visitor Center. (0.5 miles)
  • Organization Ridge Road is a dirt road and conditions will vary - sometimes it is rough/slow but it is usually ok for passenger cars (low clearance vehicles not recommended).

Driving Directions - Map